Our Manila Ocean Park weekend adventure!
As I’ve said in my recent post, we went to Manila Ocean Park last Sunday. We were there around 1 o’clock in the afternoon. What I did first when we arrived there was to get the ticket of the Musical Fountain Show that I purchased online using my credit card for only P99.00/head (original price is P300.00/head for weekends and P250.00/head for weekdays). We saved P603.00.
This promo runs from December 1, 2010 to January 16, 2011 only.
If you purchased the ticket online, you will receive a confirmation email from Manila Ocean Park’s website and it is required for you to print and bring it to the reservation booth at Manila Ocean Park for exchange of the actual tickets. The confirmation can also be sent through SMS and you need to show the SMS to the reservation booth.
The P99.00 deal is valid only for the Musical Fountain Show and the show only runs twice (for December only I think). The 1st show starts at 5:30 then the next show is at 6:30 PM.
It’s good to know that Manila Ocean Park offers different packages to every attraction you want to try and will save you lots of money.
Since I already purchased a ticket for the Musical Fountain Show separately, we choose the Marine Life Encounter package for only P500.00/head. Ren is already charged full because he is above 2ft. height.
We first checked out the attraction called “Jellies Dancing Sea Fairies”.
Ren was so thrilled when we entered the dark room filled with different kinds of Jellies. Funny me, I am expecting that these Jellies were being trained to dance because of the name of this attraction, but instead they are just doing their thing (swimming) and its just that the room was equipped with relaxing sounds and the tank where the jellies are in has light effect that help to make them look like they are dancing. If you will not get the package you can try this experience for P150/head
|Ren was fascinated with the dancing Jellies|
Our second destination was the famous Oceanarium. The entrance fee when you will not avail of the package is P400.00/head for adult and P350.00 for children 2ft and above (children 2ft and below is FREE OF CHARGE). Those who are residents of Manila is entitled for 10% discount if you can show proofs of identification that shows your Manila address.
We saw lots of different marine life creatures there. I was surprised to see a really BIG fish (bigger than me I think when I lie down). I also saw 2 crocodiles, 2 turtles and LOTS of fishes. We walked through the “Asia’s largest underwater viewing tunnel, stretching 25 meters long and curved at 220 degrees” (per their website).
Unfortunately there are lots of students who are taking their pictures at the area that are having their field trip (take note it’s Sunday and they are having a field trip… argggh! ) that’s why we didn’t enjoy the Oceanarium by ourselves that much.
|photo via: Manila Ocean Park website|
When taking pictures, flashes from cameras should be turned off since it can harm the fishes. This is the reason why some of our pictures are blurred, so it is advisable to bring a tripod and additional batteries for your camera (which we didn’t do) if you want to take lots and good pictures.
When you exit the Oceanarium you will see the Fish Spa which I wanted to try but as what I’ve said there are lots of students at the area that are having their field trip so the line at the Fish Spa was very long.
After the oceanarium, we went straight to the Marine Life Habitat attraction (P150.00/head). There you will see the the South American Sea Lions. It feels that we were in the movie “50 First Dates” with Adam Sandler. It’s just that the area is smaller compared to the one in the movie.
|photos of sea lion via: Manila Ocean Park websites|
It’s almost 4:30 when we lined up for the Marine Life Show (P200/head). I was so excited to see the sea lions do some tricks. It is advisable to fall in line early before the show since the seat is based on a first come first serve basis.
The Marine Life Show for me is the best attraction in Manila Ocean Park.
Before we went to the last part of our tour which was the Musical Fountain Show, we ate first at Pancake House inside the lobby of Manila Ocean Park. After eating, we lined up for the Musical Fountain Show, good thing we got a nice seat thanks to me… sometimes being small has some advantages (hehehe!)
|Musical Fountain Show photo via: MOP website|
To conclude our trip a beautiful (and quite expensive) 3D souvenir was made. The 3D picture frame and bag tag costs us P500.00, it’s a package and we save P100.00 for these stuff.
what ever happens in life we should always remember to live life to the fullest